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March 26, 2014

Lantigua, McCann take the 5th in Degnan trial

LAWRENCE - Former Mayor William Lantigua and Frank McCann, retired Lawrence public works director, both asserted their Fifth Amendment privileges today as the corruption trial of Leonard Degnan, Lantigua's former chief of staff, continues in Lawrence Superior Court.

Lantigua and McCann both arrived in court this morning flanked respectively by their defense attorneys, Jeffrey Denner and John Burke.

Before the jury was brought into the courtroom, both Lantigua and McCann were recognized by Judge Douglas Wilkins, who was told both men had Fifth Amendment issues. Lantigua and McCann were there as subpoenaed witnesses for the defense.

The Fifth Amendment protects a person against self-incrimination.

Wilkins released both men from the courtroom.

While he was working in Lantigua's administration, Degnan, of North Andover, is accused of criminally pressuring Stanley Walczak of Allied Waste to donate a trash truck to send to the Dominican Republic, Lantigua's native country. Testimony in the trial started Tuesday.

Degnan is charged with bribery, extortion and conspiracy.

More on this story in tomorrow's Eagle Tribune and at eagletribune.com.

Follow staff reporter Jill Harmacinski on Twitter @EagleTribJill.

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